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Mortal Kombat Hits PS Vita Today, Our Favorite New Missions

Hector Sanchez's Avatar + Posted by Hector Sanchez on May 01, 2012 // Producer, Netherrealm Studios

Developing new and inventive missions for the Bonus Challenge Tower was something our talented Design team at Netherrealm Studios jumped at. It allowed us to not only come up with unique and innovative scenarios that took advantage of the numerous PS Vita features (such as the touchscreen and the accelerometer), but also a long-awaited opportunity to create challenges based around the DLC characters that released after the launch of the PS3 version. Yes, that means Freddy Krueger missions!

With Mortal Kombat finally emerging today on PS Vita game card and via PSN, our designers at NetherRealm Studios wanted to share some of their favorite missions from the all-new Challenge Tower. We hope you guys have just as much fun playing through these missions as we had making them.

Brian Lebaron — Designer, Mortal Kombat for PS Vita
1. Missions 39 and 96: “Figure It Out”
These missions are really fun! We give the player very little info on how to pass the mission hence the “Figure It Out” title. We just drop the player into an event and the player must use the different PS Vita functionality to figure out how to get past the events or to a goal.

2. Missions 8, 36, 52, 80, and 138: “Juggle”
In these missions, you have a few missile launchers on the bottom of the screen and the player must keep the falling character from hitting the ground. It was a lot of fun tweaking the gravity and finding the sweet spot to make these really enjoyable. In one of the juggle missions you have to juggle a fat Baraka; gravity was a bit heavier for him, unlike juggling a mini Sektor.

3. Mission 50: “My Baby”
This one was an inside joke on the team for years and I decided to create a mission around it. It’s really fun: Sheeva leaves her baby and you must shoot missiles at a horde of zombies trying to get to her baby.

4. Mission 108: “Don’t Call me Yellow”
The goal is simple – you must use Reptile’s invisibility to survive for six seconds without being hit by a very angry Sektor.

5. Mission 34: “Isn’t it Marvelous”
You’ll have to wait to see why I love this mission.

Derek Kirtzic – Designer, Mortal Kombat for PS Vita
1. Mission 96: “Figure it Out II”
I really like this mission because it’s nothing like any of the other Tower missions. It has a platformer feel to it and it will take people a while to figure out.

2. Mission 84: “Arrow Pong”
Arrow pong is one of my favorite missions because the arrow progressively gets faster and faster and if you make one mistake, you have to start over. It also teaches the player the timing you need to reflect a projectile.

3. Mission 114: “Kentoichi”
This mission reminds me of the old West: 3, 2, 1 draw! Be careful to not draw too early or you’re dead.

4. Mission 51: “My Children”
This mission is unique because you start off as Freddy Krueger and you have to resurrect zombies to fight for you. I like this mission because you have to avoid Sonya’s attacks while trying to resurrect a zombie– or multiple zombies, based on how good you are.

5. Mission 117: “Kintaro Time”
In Kintaro time you play as Kintaro against four Earthrealm warriors. I have personally played this mission a dozen times just because it’s fun to play as the ultra-powerful Kintaro and use his moves against the game’s AI. There is a little learning curve to playing as Kintaro, too – it’s basically learning a whole new character.

If you’ve picked up the game already, what’s your favorite new Challenge Tower mission? Let us know in the comments!

//Add Your Own

49 Comments

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+ Sonicfan11589 on May 1st, 2012 at 7:09 am said:

Waiting for it to come in the mail from Amazon.com, i got it with RELEASE DATE SHIPPING for a $1, that’s saving a ton of money on gas (especially near me which is over $4 per regular gallon)


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+ SiCK-WAYZ on May 1st, 2012 at 7:11 am said:

sweeeet


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+ simple2simple on May 1st, 2012 at 7:12 am said:

How large is the game? I might end up getting the game card.


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+ Chaos_Bladez on May 1st, 2012 at 7:13 am said:

How big is the PSN download? Also, does PSN get a 10% discount?
Thanks, and I can’t wait to try this game on the go.


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+ bakerarmy on May 1st, 2012 at 7:15 am said:

I would have loved to get this at midnight as a digital release. Saddly Sony didn’t make that happen. So I am heading to the store to get it now.

I LOVE MK, I have been playing since MK first came out in the arcade. I even just bought another copy of Midway arcade Treasures (digital version) with the hopes of putting it on my Vita. Saddly Sony won’t let me do that either. I want some MK I, MK II, MK III on my vita.

Can’t wait to see what has been added.


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+ gor1llap1mp on May 1st, 2012 at 7:24 am said:

Dear Hector and the NetherRealm Krew, why did the demo for MK on PS3 have custom soundtracks and the final game not? Please tell me you guys are working on a patch cuz fighters nowadays should come standard with that feature and its a HUGE disappointment.


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+ tinman-66 on May 1st, 2012 at 7:29 am said:

When will Mortal Kombat be on psn I have been waiting since midnight sony you want to go digital your drooping the ball again hope it’s soon


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+ Megadrixfire_24 on May 1st, 2012 at 7:34 am said:

someone please answer me, when does the ps store updates today? how much time left? thanks
im really looking forward to this game if its 30 $, especially since i alredy own the ps3 version.


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+ shrimpdude on May 1st, 2012 at 7:49 am said:

Are we getting a demo for this?


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+ TheonTheThreat on May 1st, 2012 at 7:59 am said:

SONY, update the store, i just want to give you my money… please


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+ shintoelaquief on May 1st, 2012 at 8:10 am said:

agreed, should have been able to buy the in psn at midnight… sony update so i can give u my water bill


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+ YuriGlushko on May 1st, 2012 at 8:11 am said:

PLS, update the store already.


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+ Sonicfan11589 on May 1st, 2012 at 8:13 am said:

Hey guys, if u did not hear from playstationlifestyle.net review of the game, there IS AR fighting but it is for practice mode alone.


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+ U_P_S on May 1st, 2012 at 8:21 am said:

Looks fun been waiting for more fighting games on Vita!


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+ AlexisGonzalezG on May 1st, 2012 at 8:29 am said:

just crappy graphics


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+ TheonTheThreat on May 1st, 2012 at 8:40 am said:

aw man, why is everybody always riding around on the graphics of a game.
the graphics are good, still better than on any other handheld ever. Period.
And graphics only support a game experience, they don’t make a game good. With this kind of arguments Mario games would suck, because they don’t have the most refined graphics.

BTW: Where is the Store update? :D


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+ Nick930930 on May 1st, 2012 at 9:17 am said:

Wow… I really wanted this because the trailers showed the same quality graphics as the PS3 version.

But alas…here’s the truth. It looks like complete garbage. Look at the girl’s hands when she says “I will show you respect.” Also what’s with the severe lack of blood? This looks washed out and messy.

I’m sorry sony but wtf. You promised a console that was as strong if not stronger than the PS3 and could remotely play PS3 games.

Did you just straight up steal $300 from me?


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+ t_tocs on May 1st, 2012 at 9:20 am said:

I think I’m actually going to D/L it off the PSN store tonight instead of buying from a store. That way I don’t have to switch between Disgaea 3 and MK.


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+ hush404 on May 1st, 2012 at 9:21 am said:

Totally gonna get this for my birthday on the 14th :)


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+ pepokstillo on May 1st, 2012 at 9:22 am said:

What time you update the ps store?


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+ famousmortimer on May 1st, 2012 at 9:27 am said:

It would be nice that now that Vita games are day and date with retail if the store updated earlier in the day…

How much will this cost on the PSN? Games without the 10% discount frustrate me. I still buy them, so i’m part of the problem, but that’s not my point ;)


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+ angibri2000 on May 1st, 2012 at 9:30 am said:

Should be in the mail! Can’t wait! FINISH HIM!!!!


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+ ChrisHighwind on May 1st, 2012 at 10:12 am said:

A typical “hardcore” gamer:

“Oh wow! A new game! *sees the graphics* WTF?! The graphics are horrible! *throws the game away without playing it* This game sucks.”

A typical Sony Company:

“PSone support and PSP support will be implemented soon.”

*3 months later*

“Fans: Where’s the support?!”

“*ignores the fans*”


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+ tinman-66 on May 1st, 2012 at 10:29 am said:

still no Mortal Kombat on psn HELLO SONY IS ANY ONE HOME


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+ Crono_Breaker on May 1st, 2012 at 10:41 am said:

Im have 45 on my wallet i dont kwon how about the price? Its more cheaper on the PSN? i have mi 32gb card but i wanna gravity daze either, so this game its like the console version? No discount for digital downloads?


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+ aricav96 on May 1st, 2012 at 10:43 am said:

Come on Sony, give us the freaking update already! D:


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+ secuas1984 on May 1st, 2012 at 10:48 am said:

A QUE HORA VAN A ACTUALIZAR LA PSN STORE QUIERO COMPRARLO YA PORFAVOR SONY ACTUALISEN YA


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+ AgitoKoyoto on May 1st, 2012 at 10:49 am said:

ChrisHighwind we don’t need your rude comments. Your opinions should be shared elsewhere. This is for the people that are actually excited for the Mortal Kombat release on Vita.
Anyways, I’ll be picking this up right after school!


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+ AgitoKoyoto on May 1st, 2012 at 10:50 am said:

And PlayStation Nation please stay calm the PlayStation store updates around 5-8 P.M. EST.


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+ Crono_Breaker on May 1st, 2012 at 11:00 am said:

Sony should try to update the store since the midnight i dont kwon whats the matter :s, every delevoper upload his content to the store? Maybe thats the problem, i know Microsoft upload all his content after all developers put his content on his servers, sony must do that, and put him for a week before his launch so everyone happy.

Regards From Cancun Mexico.


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+ XSILMARILSX on May 1st, 2012 at 11:03 am said:

How much memory disk space we need for this game?


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+ boomstickbhg on May 1st, 2012 at 11:05 am said:

Do we know how big the downloadable version of the game will be?

I only got the 8gb mem card at launch and unless I delete a full game I’ve got a little over a GB right now.


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+ Remmulak on May 1st, 2012 at 11:06 am said:

Hi, I have 2 requests.

1. Due to the PS Vita getting digital releases of all their games, can you please put them on the PSN earlier on the release day. It doesn’t make sense for you not to release them to the end of the day.

2. Can you please have the PSN price listed for games earlier in the release cycle. I did not pre-order the game at a store because I am waiting now to see if the price will be cheaper on the PSN.


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+ jmxxii on May 1st, 2012 at 12:19 pm said:

Looks like it is available now guys! I am downloading it as i type this. 3GB file.


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+ GuZ_707 on May 1st, 2012 at 12:31 pm said:

yes it is now available!


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+ polo155 on May 1st, 2012 at 1:04 pm said:

downloading now via Vita, so if im correct, im getting all DLC as well? love this game for so many years but havent boght it for ps3 because im such a driver of GT5 but in my hands at sme frame rates and complete game no way in HELL can i not jump on this.

Side Note: im in a wheelchair so any game come on disk on i really dont buy because when im in bed GT5 will be in my system but if its a downloadable game then thats an option to click and play.. thanks for this cant wait till its done downloading… let me free up some bandwidth now :)


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+ Crono_Breaker on May 1st, 2012 at 1:48 pm said:

Im downloading right now from my ps3 system because im gonna finish parasite eve 3 on vita, but weres the discount? 40 bucks i hope get all DLC on the 3GB of the game.


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+ jmxxii on May 1st, 2012 at 2:18 pm said:

I have all the characters, and it looks like all DLC is included. I haven’t gone through it all yet.. Doing the Bonus tower now. Add me if you want guys.


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+ tinman-66 on May 1st, 2012 at 4:07 pm said:

Thank You sony its on psn


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+ Wulfjr on May 1st, 2012 at 4:28 pm said:

I have to say that looks pretty frickin good! I didnt expect to look that good. I might have to stop being cheap and get this one…along with the MGS games coming.


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+ triedallthem on May 1st, 2012 at 5:09 pm said:

Does the PS Vita version support cross play with the PS3 version?


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+ IIL0YDII on May 1st, 2012 at 8:04 pm said:

My god character models are horrible,tekken on 3ds looks better,even soul calibur on psp character models looks better,how do you make a game in 2012 that looks worse than something that was released 3 years ago?I mean granted they add new content and even gave us free dlc content,but how is it acceptable to have such models which is unsult to ps vita’s hardware.


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+ Rocstarr on May 2nd, 2012 at 1:10 am said:

cool!


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+ victorsantosjr on May 2nd, 2012 at 1:17 am said:

ugh why does it look like a psp game? when i got my vita it was under the impression it would be at par with ps3 at least (albeit lower poly/textures). but not this bad :( I would’ve settled with lower FPS for better graphics quality.


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+ Crono_Breaker on May 2nd, 2012 at 9:22 am said:

Why the sound its to slow? I cant heard very well pls sony make a update for this title the sound its important and i hate cannot select audio and subtitles appart jezz, whi not every company make the games like naughty dog, you can select audio and subtitles appart! And the games yep looks like psp version, all are cinemas not in real time :s why? and the discount?


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+ SolidDeacon on May 2nd, 2012 at 9:30 am said:

Where’s the PS1 support… Can’t believe the Vita is going the same route as the 3DS… Got to wait a year for more than a few worthy games if even that. I hope E3 is filled with alot of Vita goodies.

Get your act together Sony


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+ GrayGhost45 on May 2nd, 2012 at 5:16 pm said:

I’m a gamer!!! I play so many video games and read so many articles about the industry that I’m a freaking expert who knows F’n everything and surely because I waste so much money on this habit (that my parents aren’t to proud that I have) I think I am very qualified to tell the people that work in this industry whether or not they are doing there job right. I’m the F’n customer dammit listen to me complain!!!

— Seriously I love my hobby but can’t stand reading comments on most of these blogs. Buncha whiners. Not all of you, but alot of you kids suck. If I worked in the industry I would love what I do but hate dealing with the gaming community.

Mortal Kombat you have reunited me with my childhood. Thank you. It’s perfect on vita.


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+ makis64 on May 5th, 2012 at 11:26 am said:

I WISH I could turn off the analog stick!! I always keep pressing it by mistake and ruins my combos and special moves!! >:(
Also the graphics are much worse than I expected, ok I knew it will not be PS3 quality but this… this is far behind my expectations!


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+ davontaeees on May 9th, 2012 at 7:15 am said:

Time has come for me to take my show on the road.


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